TESTING NOTES: what you see posted here is all I know about testing
I do not know of any other sites that have testing news or I'd post the link
Some teams test and there is no report on it, some tracks do not release speeds
Each organization can test at four tracks of its choosing next season where NASCAR competes, the first time teams can do so since 2008.
The series' sanctioning body banned testing in 2009, and since then teams could not test at tracks where NASCAR held races, but they could test on other tracks
Some Scheduled NASCAR testing for the 2013 season:
Dec. 11-12 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Jan. 10-12 at Daytona International Speedway
Jan. 17-18 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Apr. 1-2 at Richmond International Raceway
May 7 at Sonoma Raceway
May 14-15 at Michigan International Speedway
May 14-16 at Dover International Speedway
June 25-26 at New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Aug 19-21 at Richard International Raceway
Aug 26-27 at Richard International Raceway
Oct 7-9 at Martinsville Speedway
Oct 14 at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Oct 14-16 at Texas Motor Speedway
Oct 29-31 at Homestead-Miami Speedway
Dec 11 (rained out until 13th) at Charlotte Motor Speedway
Charlotte testing finishes up: On Wednesday, fans watched 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers take to the track in the sixth-generation car test at Charlotte Motor Speedway from the enclosed Clubhouse seating of The Speedway Club. NASCAR ran five different mock races, as well as several tuning sessions with cars completing single-car runs. The test session was intended to finalize rules packages for the 2014 season. “We did an initial test here in October,” said Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR Vice President, Innovation and Racing Development. “We got some information. We've been very fortunate that we've actually had a huge participation. We have 30 cars out there. We're trying to exercise all this in a real?world environment.”
“It is different when you have 30 cars, or 25 cars, versus the six (from October),” said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR VP of Competition and Racing Development. “It was important that we come back with a field of cars like we did. It gave us a little bit of a different view of some of the answers and has put us in some different directions that we will continue to work on.”
The stars of NASCAR return to Charlotte Motor Speedway during the 10 greatest days in racing, highlighted by the NASCAR Sprint All-Star Race and the Coca-Cola 600. Fans can catch all the action, including reserved seats with the best views of pit road and the world’s largest HDTV with weekend packages starting at just $99. After testing concluded, fans were invited to enjoy Speedway Christmas, the region's largest holiday light show, which runs through Dec. 30. The 3.1-mile course allows families to experience more than 3 million lights and 800 holiday displays. The show is open from 6 to 10 p.m. and admission is only $15 per car on Monday through Wednesday when the infield Christmas Village is closed, and $20 per car Thursday through Sunday when the Christmas Village is open. Ticket information for all Charlotte Motor Speedway events can be obtained by calling 1-800-455-FANS (3267) or online at www.charlottemotorspeedway.com.(CMS)
See 'results' of the five different mock races at (pdfs):
Charlotte Configuration Race 1 Results page
Charlotte Configuration Race 2 Results page
Charlotte Configuration Race 3 Results page
Charlotte Configuration Race 4 Results page
Charlotte Configuration Race 5 Results page.(12-11-2013)
Teams/Drivers testing and racing at Charlotte Motor Speedway, Wed Dec. 11th:
The teams did some single cars runs, testing spoilers and also ran a 30 lap configuration race with #4-Harvick being listed as the 'winner' (no points). Thirty cars are listed as testing in the morning session:
#17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr.
#24-Regan Smith (testing for Jeff Gordon)
#29-Austin Dillon (will be #3 in 2014)
#52-Jeffrey Earnhardt (in a GoGreen Racing Ford)
#55-Jeff Burton (testing for Brian Vickers)
#78-Martin Truex Jr.
#83-Alex Bowman (Reutimann has sched conflict)
#88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.
Charlotte test scheduled for Monday; postponed until Wednesday: Travel included, the time gap between standing on the stage at Wynn Las Vegas and sitting behind the wheel of a car at Charlotte Motor Speedway will amount to less than 60 hours. With the crowning of six-time NASCAR Sprint Cup Series champion Jimmie Johnson still looming large in the rear-view mirror, roughly 25 drivers will assemble Monday at CMS to validate potential changes to the Gen-6 race car for 2014, changes designed to make intermediate speedway racing closer and more competitive.
The test follows an initial gathering of data in October, also at Charlotte.
"We had the test in October, we had six cars, and we learned quite a bit," said Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR vice president of innovation and racing development. "We were generally looking at aerodynamic and chassis changes. I think we've got some very good insight, and now we've determined that we've got to bring a bigger pool of cars together. We think right now we're going to have about 25 cars participate, so we'll have a bigger field to validate some of the changes we're anticipating for 2014."
As Stefanyshyn said, most of the changes will deal with aero packages, but NASCAR also will test tapered spacers on the NASCAR Sprint Cup cars to measure the effects of reduced horsepower. The NASCAR Nationwide Series and NASCAR Camping World Truck Series both use tapered spacers as part of their engine packages. NASCAR has reviewed potential configurations and provided test plans to the teams, including detailed CAD drawings of parts that needed to be created or fabricated.
During the eight-hour test, NASCAR plans to run four different configurations in an attempt to arrive at a 2014 package that will reduce the aerodynamic disadvantage of trailing cars.(NASCAR Wire Service)
AND Ryan Newman will be one of several drivers with new teams at the test. Newman will drive for Richard Childress Racing next season after spending five years at Stewart-Haas Racing. Other drivers who will test for new organizations include Kevin Harvick (SHR), Kurt Busch (SHR) and Martin Truex Jr. (Furniture Row Racing). Rookies Austin Dillon (Richard Childress Racing), Kyle Larson (Earnhardt Ganassi Racing) and Michael Annett (Tommy Baldwin Racing) are expected to test. Some top-tier drivers won't attend but will instead rely on teammates' information. Among those not attending will be defending Cup champion Jimmie Johnson, Kyle Busch, Danica Patrick, Stewart and Paul Menard. Regan Smith, often used by Hendrick Motorsports to test, will test for the HMS team of Jeff Gordon. Jeff Burton will test the car for Michael Waltrip Racing's Brian Vickers, who was sidelined in October because of blood clots but is expected back in the car in February.(Sporting News
AND Fans are invited to watch NASCAR Sprint Cup Series testing free of charge on Monday, Dec. 9 at Charlotte Motor Speedway from The Speedway Club's enclosed Clubhouse seating. The open test will help define rules packages for the 2014 season and more than 20 teams are expected to participate. Testing will run from 9:00am-5:00pm/et on Monday. Speedway Club Clubhouse seating will open at 9:00am for the public to enjoy the test session. Fans should park at the main entrance to the speedway, enter through the main ticket office on the second floor of Smith Tower and take the elevator to Clubhouse seating on the fifth floor. Refreshments will be available for purchase in the Clubhouse seating area. Fans are invited to take advantage of The Speedway Club Lounge area to purchase lunch or dinner from 11:00am-9:00pm, or to make lunch or dinner reservations in The Speedway Club dining room by calling 704-455-3216.(CMS)
AND Teams are scheduled be on track from 9:00am-5:00pm/et. In the event of rain, the test will take place on Tuesday, Dec. 10. The forecast for Monday is cloudy with a 60% chance of rain and a high of 59 degrees. If testing is rained out Monday, it NASCAR will try to hold it Tuesday, where the forecast calls for a 70% chance of rain.(12-9-2013)
UPDATE: Due to rain at the track and the poor forecast for today and tomorrow, NASCAR has postponed the test until Wednesday.(12-9-2013)
Teams to test at Homestead: Six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams and 15 Sprint Cup drivers will test at Homestead-Miami Speedway on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday (Oct. 29-31). Testing will run each day from 9:00am-7:00pm/et. The test sessions will be open to the public. There is no charge for spectators and viewing areas include Speedway Club and seating areas above the infield garages. Grandstands will open at 9:00am. NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers scheduled to test at Homestead-Miami Speedway include:
• Hendrick Motorsports: #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr.,#24- Jeff Gordon, #48- Jimmie Johnson and #5-Kasey Kahne
• Wood Brothers Racing: #21-Trevor Bayne
• Phil Parsons Racing: #98-Michael McDowell
• Joe Gibbs Racing: #18-Kyle Busch, #11-Denny Hamlin and #20-Matt Kenseth
• Michael Waltrip Racing: #15-Clint Bowyer, #55-Elliott Sadler and #56-Martin Truex Jr.
• Earnhardt Ganassi Racing with Felix Sabates: #1-Jamie McMurray and #42-Juan Pablo Montoya.
There will also be NASCAR Camping World Truck Series testing October 29-31, with Win-Tron Racing and driver Mason Mingus.(Homestead-Miami Speedway)(10-25-2013)
Teams wrap up Texas test: With just four races remaining in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup and championship aspirations on the line, 10 of the 13 Chase drivers, including the top eight, have been visiting since Monday during an extensive three-day test session at Texas Motor Speedway in preparations for next Sunday's AAA Texas 500. Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing had planned to test last week, but weather forced them to reschedule this week. They opened Monday with a test and then joined the session that Richard Childress had scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday. Several drivers, including #48-Jimmie Johnson and #20-Matt Kesenth, tested the first two days and departed while teammates will take advantage of the remaining test time and data for the teams. The teams were going to have a combined 22 hours of track time available between Tuesday and Wednesday and 29 overall from the three days.(TMS)(10-24-2013)
NASCAR tests cars in wind tunnel: NASCAR [tested] Sprint Cup cars in a wind tunnel Tuesday, as series officials consider rule changes for 2014. The wind tunnel session follows an on-track test NASCAR did last week at Charlotte Motor Speedway. All three manufacturers were represented in both sessions. NASCAR is looking at aerodynamic changes to help cars race closer together at the 1.5-mile style race tracks. Six teams took part in the on-track test Oct. 14 at Charlotte. Among changes gaining momentum is to eliminate the minimum ride height requirement for next season. There's also some support for a larger spoiler. "We're on the road to figuring out a few things that we could do for the '14 season,'' said Gene Stefanyshyn, NASCAR vice president of innovation and racing development. Stefanyshyn said that officials likely would determine this week if they would need additional on-track testing before making changes for next season.(Motor Racing Network)(10-23-2013)
Kenseth crashes in Texas testing: #20-Matt Kenseth had his testing at Texas Motor Speedway cut short when he crashed his car because of an issue with his front right tire. Two days after losing his NASCAR Sprint Cup points lead with a 20th-place finish at Talladega, Kenseth had the session-ending crash Tuesday during a week-delayed Texas test that includes the top eight drivers in the points standings. "Well, it was up and down. It ended down," Kenseth said. "We just had a tire problem and crashed, so we're done for the test. ... When you run nine laps and one blows apart for no reason, that's always a cause for concern for sure." Kenseth said the car he crashed in turn one wasn't the Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota he plans to race at the high-banked, 1.5-mile Texas track on Nov. 3, which comes after Sunday's race at Martinsville. "No, she's at home safe ready to get to the track," Kenseth said. There are 16 drivers from five teams taking part in a three-day test at Texas that goes through Wednesday. There were 11 hours of testing scheduled Tuesday, with another full day Wednesday.(Associated Press)(10-22-2013)
Testing this week at Texas UPDATE - moved to next week: Beginning Monday, Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing will bring their stable of drivers to compete in a three-day test at Texas Motor Speedway and fans can catch a glimpse of the Chase contenders as the sessions are open to the public. Gates for the test session will be open from 9:00am to 7:00 pm/ct Monday through Wednesday [Oct 14-16]. Fans can park in the VIP/PSL parking lot located just outside Gate 4. Concession stands will be closed so fans are encouraged to bring their coolers. Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing won't be the only ones making a visit to Texas Motor Speedway in October. Richard Childress Racing will take part in a two-day test beginning Tuesday, Oct. 22, with championship contender Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard and Jeff Burton. Tickets for the AAA Texas 500 are available by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS)(10-14-2014)
UPDATE: Due to rain, according to the TMS Facebook page, "The Open Test is cancelled for today and tomorrow".(10-15-2013)
UPDATE 2: Persistent rain has postponed a critical NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test session at Texas Motor Speedway for the upcoming AAA Texas 500 as Chase contenders Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing departed Tuesday and rescheduled their plans for next week. The four NASCAR Sprint Cup Series organizations had planned for an extensive three-day test session beginning Monday, but the lingering inclement weather did not allow the teams to participate in any on-track activity on the opening day. The teams were hopeful Tuesday, but the forecast had a 100 percent chance of thunderstorms and they all opted to pack up after intermittent rain began falling in the morning. Following Sunday's Chase of the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Talladega Superspeedway, Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing will return to Texas Motor Speedway and begin a three-day test session Monday from 3:00-10:00pm/ct. The teams also are planning to run Tuesday from 9:00am-9:00pm (with a two-hour break from 4:00-6:00pm) and Wednesday from 9:00am-5:00pm. Richard Childress Racing also will be part of the teams testing on Tuesday and Wednesday.(TMS)(10-16-2013)
Testing this week at Texas UPDATE: Beginning Monday, Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing will bring their stable of drivers to compete in a three-day test at Texas Motor Speedway and fans can catch a glimpse of the Chase contenders as the sessions are open to the public. Gates for the test session will be open from 9:00am to 7:00 pm/ct Monday through Wednesday [Oct 14-16]. Fans can park in the VIP/PSL parking lot located just outside Gate 4. Concession stands will be closed so fans are encouraged to bring their coolers. Hendrick Motorsports, Joe Gibbs Racing, Roush Fenway Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing won't be the only ones making a visit to Texas Motor Speedway in October. Richard Childress Racing will take part in a two-day test beginning Tuesday, Oct. 22, with championship contender Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard and Jeff Burton. Tickets for the AAA Texas 500 are available by calling the Texas Motor Speedway ticket office at (817) 215-8500 or by visiting www.texasmotorspeedway.com.(TMS)(10-14-2014)
UPDATE: Due to rain, according to the TMS Facebook page, "The Open Test is cancelled for today and tomorrow".(10-15-2013)
Sprint Cup Teams Keep Martinsville Speedway Busy With 10 Hours Of Testing: From rookies without a lap on the track to tried and true veterans, 11 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers spent 10 hours testing at Martinsville Speedway Tuesday in preparation for the Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger on October 27. They were all searching for the same thing: that one little extra millisecond that would improve their performance at the half-mile oval in 19 days. “We’ve learned a few things. Just trying to figure out a few dos and don’ts today,” said veteran driver Greg Biffle. “The things that worked in the spring don’t always work in the fall, so it’s good that we are back here testing.”
For 21-year-old Kyle Larson, who had never seen Martinsville Speedway before Tuesday, the test was of ultimate importance. The Goody’s Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger will be just his second-ever Sprint Cup start. “We’re mainly working on getting through the center (of the turns) and getting good drive off,” Larson said of the test that ran from about 8:30 a.m. until 6:30 p.m. “I’ve never been to a track with the long straights and tight corners like this. We’ve got pretty good on the long runs. We’re not the fastest, but not the slowest either. We’ve got to get a little better, but I think we’ll be OK for race weekend.”
David Ragan and his Front Row Motorsports team wasn’t worried nearly as much about speed on Tuesday as they were on trying new things that would make them faster in a few weeks. “Of course we never accomplish everything we want to in a test unless the track lets us line up and throw the green flag. For us, though, we want to change some of the bigger items today that we don’t have time to work with on race weekend. Suspension parts and pieces, brake parts and pieces,” said Ragan. “Tomorrow we’ll work on handling and more race stuff. Today has been perfect. The weather has been perfect, the track has rubbered in good. We couldn’t ask for anything better.
Joining Biffle, Larsen and Ragan Tuesday were Biffle’s Roush Fenway Racing teammates Carl Edwards, and Ricky Stenhouse Jr.; Richard Childress Racing drivers Kevin Harvick, Paul Menard and Jeff Burton; Penske Racing drivers Brad Keselowski and Joey Logano; and Furniture Row driver Kurt Busch.
There were also a handful of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series drivers on hand, including Ross Chastain and Ryan Blaney with Brad Keslowski Racing and Ben Kennedy, who will be making only his third truck series start, with Turner-Scott Motorsports.
All the teams will return Wednesday for a second day of testing. Grandstands will be open at no charge all day. Advance tickets for the Kroger 200 NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race on Saturday, Oct. 26 are just $30 and tickets for Pole Day, Friday, October 25 are $15. Youth 12 and under are admitted free on both October 25 and 26. To purchase tickets for the Goody’s® Headache Relief Shot® 500 Powered by Kroger weekend, call 877.RACE.TIX or visit martinsvillespeedway.com.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-9-2013)
Test day scheduled at Charlotte: NASCAR announced that it will hold a Sprint Cup test at Charlotte Motor Speedway on Monday, Oct. 14th (Columbus Day). Cars will be on the track from 9:00 am until 5:00 pm/et, and the goal will be research and development on the circuit's mile-and-a-half track rules package. Before this season, NASCAR and its manufacturer partners implemented the Generation-6 car, which contained a number of stylistic elements designed to strengthen the ties with respective passenger models. The vehicle also featured new performance characteristics including higher rear grip and lighter overall weight, which has translated into record speeds at many tracks. Next week's test will continue the development of that platform on intermediate tracks. Officials said that aerodynamic enhancements, chassis ride heights and drafting scenarios would be among the components to be tested.(NASCAR.com)(10-9-2013)
Testing change at Martinsville: Monday’s NASCAR Sprint Cup test at Martinsville Speedway has been cancelled because of impending rainy weather. The weather for Tuesday and Wednesday looks good, though, and testing for those two days will go on as scheduled. Drivers scheduled to test #16-Biffle, #17-Stenhouse, #99- Edwards, #27-Menard, #29-Harvick, #31-Burton, #78-Kurt Busch, #2-Keselowski, #22-Logano, #34-Ragan and #51-Kyle Larson, along with a handful of Camping Word Truck Series drivers. The test sessions will be open to the public at no charge.(Martinsville Speedway)(10-7-2013)
Several teams to test at Martinsville The roar of NASCAR Sprint Cup engines will be filling the air at Martinsville Speedway this fall long before the green flag falls on the Goody's Headache Relief Shot 500 Powered by Kroger on October 27. Five Sprint Cup teams and a total of nine Sprint Cup drivers will test at Martinsville Speedway October 7-9. The test sessions will be open to the public at no charge. Roush Fenway Racing, Richard Childress Racing, Earnhardt Ganassi Racing, Front Row Motorsports and Furniture Row racing will be on hand those days testing. Cup drivers testing will included #99-Carl Edwards, #16-Greg Biffle and #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. (Roush Fenway Racing); #29-Kevin Harvick, #31-Jeff Burton and #27-Paul Menard (Richard Childress Racing); #42-Kyle Larson (Earnhardt Ganassi), #38-David Gilliland (Front Row) and #78-Kurt Busch (Furniture Row). Brad Keselowski Racing, which fields teams in the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series, will also test on October 7-9. There will be more truck series testing later in October, with Red Horse Racing on October 14 and Richard Childress Racing's truck teams on October 14-15. Another Sprint Cup team, Swan Racing, will share the track with the RCR truck teams on October 15. Testing will run from 9:00am-5:00pm/et each day with an hour break at noon. Grandstands will open at 9:00am/et each day and are open to the public free of charge.(Martinsville Speedway)(9-24-2013)
Testing updates: Several NASCAR Sprint Cup teams - from those on the Chase bubble to title contenders - tested Monday and will do so Tuesday at Cup tracks. NASCAR allows teams four tests at tracks that host Cup races. Many teams saved at least some, if not all of their tests, for this time of the season. Stewart-Haas Racing’s Ryan Newman, Mark Martin and Danica Patrick are testing Monday and Tuesday at Richmond International Raceway. They’ll be joined by Travis Kvapil and David Reutimann of BK Racing and Swan Racing’s David Stremme. The Richmond race will determine the Chase field. Newman holds the final Wild Card spot heading into Sunday night’s race at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Chicagoland Speedway, which hosts the opening, had several teams testing today (Monday). They all will be back Tuesday. Testing are the teams of Joe Gibbs Racing, including Bristol winner Matt Kenseth, Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports and Penske Racing.
Here’s an updated list of tests scheduled for Cup tracks through the end of the season:
Richmond International Raceway
Aug. 26-27: Stewart Haas Racing, BK Racing, Swan Racing and Kyle Busch Motorsports
Oct. 22-23: Goodyear tire test for 2014 (teams to be determined)
Aug. 27-28: Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Penske Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing
Sept. 24-25: Goodyear tire test for 2014 (teams to be determined)
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Sept. 3: Richard Childress Racing
Dover International Speedway
Sept. 9-10: Joe Gibbs Racing
Oct. 3: All Cup teams given a test day since Goodyear is bringing a new tire.
Oct. 7-9: Roush Fenway Racing
Oct. 8-9: Furniture Row Racing, Brad Keselowski Racing
Texas Motor Speedway
Oct. 14-15: Hendrick Motorsports
Oct. 16: Roush Fenway Racing.
Oct. 22-23: Richard Childress Racing
Phoenix International Raceway
Sept. 10-11: Goodyear tire test with teams of #10-Danica Patrick, #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr., #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, #55-Brian Vickers, #31-Jeff Burton
Bristol Motor Speedway
Sept. 17: Goodyear tire test for Nationwide teams of Trevor Bayne, Regan Smith and Kyle Busch for 2014.
(Motor Racing Network), see testings news on the 2013 Testing page and the 2013 Tire Testings / Sponsor page.(8-27-2013)
More testing at Richmond: On the heels of this week’s “under the lights” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series testing excitement at Richmond International Raceway, even more stars return to America’s Premier Short Track, August 26-27. Prior to the September 7 Federated Auto Parts 400 – “One Last Race to Make The Chase” – at America’s Premier Short Track, drivers will prepare their cars at RIR, and grandstands will be open free to the public from 5:00 to 9:00 pm/et. each night. Drivers will get precious track time “under the lights” in preparation for one of the most anticipated races of the season. Only the top 10 drivers in the point standings and two Wild Cards (drivers who are in positions 11-20 with the most wins) will earn a spot in the Chase for the NASCAR Sprint Cup. The way things are shaping up, there could be more than 10 drivers on the proverbial “bubble.”
Scheduled to participate Monday, August 26 & Tuesday, August 27: #10-Danica Patrick, #14-Mark Martin, #39-Ryan Newman, #83-David Reutimann, #30-David Stremme, #93-Travis Kvapil and Parker Kligerman in a NASCAR Nationwide Series car. Fans may enter Richmond International Raceway through the Main Gate, located at the corner of Laburnum Avenue and Meadowbridge Rd. Parking will be on the Midway, outside of Gate 70. A concessions stand will be open with food and beverages, and fans are allowed to bring in their own food and beverage (no glass allowed). Tickets are on sale now at rir.com or 866-455-7223.(RIR)(8-24-2013)
Patrick tests at Nashville: Prior to their trip to Michigan, Danica Patrick, crew chief Tony Gibson and the rest of the #10 team participated in a two-day test at Nashville Superspeedway in Lebanon, Tenn., as the quest for speed and better results continues.(SHR)(8-15-2013)
Testing continues by many teams: Many NASCAR Sprint Cup teams saved some or all four of their allotted tests at Cup tracks to prepare for the Chase. Both Hendrick Motorsports and Michael Waltrip Racing kept their four tests for this point of the season. Penske Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing each have three tests remaining. Those teams all will use some tests before the Chase begins next month at Chicagoland Speedway. Hendrick Motorsports tests Tuesday and Wednesday at New Hampshire Motor Speedway, which hosts the second race in the Chase. Johnson qualified second there in July before his car failed inspection and he started at the rear. He rallied to finish sixth, but none of his teammates placed better than 10th.
Here’s a look at upcoming tests Cup teams have confirmed with tracks:
Richmond International Raceway
Aug. 19-20: Penske Racing, Germain Racing
Aug. 20-21: Hendrick Motorsports, Michael Waltrip Racing
Oct. 15-16: Goodyear Tire test for 2014 (teams to be determined)
Aug. 27-28: Michael Waltrip Racing, Richard Petty Motorsports, Penske Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing
Sept. 24-25: Goodyear Tire test for 2014 (teams to be determined)
New Hampshire Motor Speedway
Aug. 13-14: Hendrick Motorsports
Sept. 3-4: Richard Childress Racing
Dover International Speedway
Sept. 9-10: Joe Gibbs Racing
Oct. 3: All Cup teams given a test day since Goodyear is bringing a new tire
Oct. 7-8: Roush Fenway Racing
Texas Motor Speedway
Oct. 14-15: Hendrick Motorsports
Phoenix International Raceway
Sept. 10-11: Goodyear Tire test with teams of Danica Patrick, Ricky Stenhouse Jr., Juan Pablo Montoya and Mark Martin.(Motor Racing Network)(8-14-2013)
Hendrick drivers to test at New Hampshire: After battling each other for the win this past Sunday, #5-Kasey Kahne and teammate #24-Jeff Gordon will visit New Hampshire Motor Speedway as part of a Hendrick Motorsports test session on Tuesday, Aug. 13 and Wednesday, Aug. 14. The two-day test session is in preparation for the return of NASCAR's playoffs to the Magic Mile for the SYLVANIA 300 on Sept. 22. Five-time champion #48-Jimmie Johnson and the decade-long reigning "Most Popular Driver" in NASCAR, #88-Dale Earnhardt Jr., will join their Hendrick teammates at the test. The grandstands will be open free of charge to the public from 9:00am – 5:00pm both days. The test session will come a little more than a month before NASCAR returns to New Hampshire Motor Speedway for the SYLVANIA 300, the second stop in the 10-race Chase for the Sprint Cup championship.(NHMS)(8-7-2013)
Testing at Watkins Glen today: Five drivers are scheduled to test at Watkins Glen International on Monday, July 29th, including #47-A.J. Allmendinger, #33-Ron Fellows, #38-David Gilliland, #35-Michael McDowell and #78-Kurt Busch. Fans can watch from 8:00 am to 4:30 pm/et from the Fans R1st Viewing Area for FREE.(WGI)(7-29-2013)
Testing at Indy UPDATE: Earnhardt Ganassi Racing and Joe Gibbs Racing are scheduled to test at Indianapolis Motor Speedway in preparation for the Crown Royal presents the Samuel Deeds 400 at the Brickyard on Monday and Tuesday (July 1st and 2nd). #11-Denny Hamlin is one driver scheduled to test. The IMS Facebook page says testing is open to the public.
Drivers testing include: #11-Hamlin, #18-Busch, #20-Kenseth, #42-Montoya and #1-McMurray; plus Nationwide teams: #11-Sadler, #20-Vickers, #54-KyBusch. See images of testing at indianapolismotorspeedway.com.(7-1-2013)
UPDATE: NASCAR testing continues from 9am-5pm on Tuesday, with a one-hour break around noon. Fans can watch the test for free from the Hall of Fame Museum parking lot, from the grandstand located inside the track near the Museum and from a small portion of the Turn 2 spectator mounds.(IMS)(7-2-2013)
Teams to test at New Hampshire: NASCAR'S top drivers will be visiting the Granite State for a test session on Tuesday, June 25 and Wednesday, June 26. Hometown favorites Roush-Fenway Racing along with Penske and Stewart-Haas Racing drivers will all be at New Hampshire Motor Speedway in preparation for next month's New Hampshire 300 weekend on July 11-14. Grandstands will be open free of charge from 9:00am-5:00pm. Several NASCAR drivers visited the Magic Mile last month for a two-day Goodyear Tire Test. This time drivers including defending Sprint Cup champion #2-Brad Keselowski will be turning hot laps on the track, along with former champion #14-Tony Stewart, and his teammates, #10-Danica Patrick and #39-Ryan Newman. Roush-Fenway Racing's Sprint Cup drivers #99-Carl Edwards, #16-Greg Biffle and #17-Ricky Stenhouse Jr. will join Nationwide Series driver Trevor Bayne and Travis Pastrana. Fans are encouraged to watch from the grandstands free of charge. Fans will have the opportunity to get a look at some of their favorite drivers in a very up-close-and-personal environment.(NHMS)(6-23-2013)
Fellows Completes One-Day NASCAR Test at Sonoma: Accomplished road-course driver Ron Fellows completed a one-day test at Sonoma Raceway on Tuesday, in advance of the 25th Toyota/Save Mart 350 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series weekend, June 21-23. Fellows, who will pilot the #33 Circle Sport Chevy, will compete in both NASCAR Sprint Cup Series road-course events at Sonoma Raceway and Watkins Glen International (Aug. 11). Fellows completed approximately 80 laps on the 10-turn, 1.99 mile road course during the test. "It's been a couple years since I've driven a Cup car," said Fellows, who has competed in eight NASCAR Cup races in Sonoma, posting a best finish of third in 2003. "These things have so much more horsepower (than the Nationwide cars) and are tricky to drive. The ride's a little harsher than I remember, but I'm also a little older." For more information on the 25th Toyota/Save Mart 350, call 800-870-RACE (7223) or visit racesonoma.com/nascar.(Sonoma Raceway)(6-5-2013)
Keselowski tests at Road Atlanta: Brad Keselowski and the #2 Miller Lite Ford team traveled to Road Atlanta to test on Tuesday of this week, in preparation for the road course races at Sonoma and Watkins Glen.(Penske Racing)(6-5-2013)
Testing at Kentucky: Richard Childress Racing teammates #27-Paul Menard, #31-Jeff Burton and #29-Kevin Harvick, will be stopping at Kentucky Speedway on their way to Pocono Raceway for a team test session on Tuesday and Wednesday [June 4-5, 2013].(RCR)(6-4-2013)
Lots of testing this week: Several Spring Cup and Natiowide teams tested Tuesday at Virginia International Raceway in preparation for upcoming road course races this summer. According to a tweet from MRN's Dustin Long, "list of Cup teams testing at VIR today, according to track: #1-McMurray, #2-Keselowski, #7-Blaney, #13-Mears, #15-Bowyer, #16-Biffle, #17-Stenhouse, Jr., #20-Kenseth, #22-Logano, #42-Montoya, #55-Martin, #78-Kurt Busch, #83-Kvapil, #99-Edwards". A.J. Allmendinger tested a Nationwide car for Penske Racing. The track also posted several images to their Flickr page.
AND #27-Paul Menard, along with his Richard Childress Racing teammates #31-Jeff Burton and #29-Kevin Harvick, will be stopping at Pocono Raceway on their way to Delaware for a team test session on Wednesday.(RCR)
AND All three Stewart Haas Racing teams are testing at Pocono Wednesday and Thursday.(5-29-2013)
Testing at Michigan: While they weren’t on record pace, NASCAR Sprint Cup drivers #78-Kurt Busch and #21-Trevor Bayne spent valuable time testing at Michigan International Speedway on Tuesday in advance of the Quicken Loans 400 here on June 16. Unlike last April’s Goodyear tire test at the newly repaved MIS, when speeds of almost 220 miles per hour were reached by cars diving into Turn 1 on the 2-mile oval, Busch and Bayne were more interested in feedback from their new Gen-6 cars. “Just trying to get a feel for the Goodyear tires and balance of this Gen-6 car, as a lot of little things on the car we didn’t have last year. I’m glad we came to test,” said Busch, who drives the #78 Chevy for Furniture Row Racing. “If we had to unload (in June) and work in a quick hour and half, we would have been behind.” Busch said the car was still very quick heading into the first turn at MIS and he expected speeds to creep up toward Marcos Ambrose’s astonishing qualifying record of 203.241 in last year’s June Cup race at the track in the Irish Hills. Busch and Bayne were the only Cup drivers to test on Tuesday at MIS. They are scheduled back on track Wednesday. Bayne, who is driving a partial season in Cup for the Wood Brothers and a full Nationwide Series schedule for Roush Fenway Racing, said Tuesday’s test session was all about getting to grips with the tires and Gen-6 car.(Detroit Free Press)(5-15-2013)
Eleven teams test at Dover: Dover International Speedway hosted its first team testing session of the year on May 14, with six NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams and five NASCAR Nationwide Series teams turning laps at the Monster Mile today in preparation for the May 31-June 2, 2013 tripleheader weekend.
The NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams testing included #14-Tony Stewart, #10-Danica Patrick and #39-Ryan Newman, all of Stewart-Haas Racing; #1-Jamie McMurray and #42-Juan Pablo Montoya of Earnhardt Ganassi Racing; and Germain Racing’s #13-Casey Mears. NASCAR Nationwide Series teams on track included Austin and Ty Dillon, plus Brian Scott, all of Richard Childress Racing; and Sam Hornish Jr. and Ryan Blaney, both of Penske Racing. The test was the first opportunity for these drivers to try out the all-new Generation 6 car at Dover. All the drivers on site will return for a second day of testing on May 15, with Blaney and Hornish Jr. sticking around for an extra day on May 16. NASCAR returns to Dover International Speedway May 31-June 2, 2013 for the June 2 “FedEx 400 benefiting Autism Speaks” NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race, the June 1 “5-hour ENERGY 200” NASCAR Nationwide Series race and the May 31 “Lucas Oil 200” NASCAR Camping World Truck Series race.(DoverSpeedway.com), no word if testing is open to the public.(5-14-2013)
Kurt Busch, Trevor Bayne to test at MIS on May 14-15: NASCAR’s new Gen-6 Car has drawn rave reviews from drivers and fans alike after the first 10 races in 2013. On May 14-15, the car will make its debut at Michigan International Speedway when two teams conduct a test. And fans are invited to watch free of charge.
Speedway officials will open the Turn One grandstands from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. May 14 and May 15 to watch testing. So far, #78-Kurt Busch and #21-Trevor Bayne are the only drivers schedule to test those days. “It will be exciting to finally see the Gen 6 Car at Michigan International Speedway,” track President Roger Curtis said. “We became NASCAR’s fastest track in 2012 during the Quicken Loans 400. So far in 2013, the new cars have been posting record qualifying speeds so it will be fun to see how fast they go here.”
Last year, Marcos Ambrose posted a track qualifying mark of 203.241 mph for the Quicken Loans 400. That speed was the 11th-fastest pole-winning speed in NASCAR Sprint Cup Series history and the first time the pole winning speed was faster than 200 mph at a track other than Talladega Superspeedway and Daytona International Speedway. Dale Earnhardt, Jr. pulled into victory lane for his first win since June of 2008, also at MIS. Testing times, track schedule and drivers are subject to change due to weather or other circumstances. Fans are asked to park in Lot 10 off US 12 and enter the grandstands through Gate 17, just behind the water tower. The restroom facilities will be open. Fans are also allowed to bring in coolers that meet the MIS grandstand gate policies for any race weekend. MIS is once again host to a pair of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series races in 2013. The top series comes to the Irish Hills for the Quicken Loans 400 on Sunday, June 16 and returns just two short months later for the Pure Michigan 400 on Sunday, August 18. Tickets are on sale at MISpeedway.com or by phone at 800-354-1010.(MIS)(5-7-2013)
Ambrose, Almirola Set to Test at Sonoma, May 7th: Race fans will be treated to a FREE NASCAR test session and also get a sneak peek at some tasty new food options on Tuesday, May 7, at Sonoma Raceway. The test will also mark the debut of the new NASCAR Gen-6 car in Sonoma. Richard Petty Motorsports will visit the road course for a two-day NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test with #9-Marcos Ambrose and #43-Aric Almirola in preparation for the Toyota/Save Mart 350, June 21-23. This will be the first time the new Gen-6 NASCAR stock car will lay tracks on the Sonoma Valley road course. Ambrose claimed the pole in Sonoma last year and nearly took the checkers in 2010 before a late-race stall cost him the victory. In addition to the great on-track action, fans can also preview the raceway’s newest concession concept, the Sears Point Grill. Located at the north-end of the main grandstand, the Sears Point Grill will feature handmade burgers, locally-sourced sausages and other savory grilled items. Three Sears Point Grill locations will open officially during NASCAR race weekend, but fans can purchase food and drinks near the main grandstand during the test session from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. A press conference and fan event with the drivers will be held at the Sears Point Grill during the lunch break at approximately 12:15 p.m., and fans are welcome to attend. Fans can also test their skills with Grand Prix Karting in front of the Simraceway Driving Performance Center during the test session. Karting will take place from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Tuesday in front of the racing school and is free for attendees. Testing will span from approximately 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Fans who purchase tickets to the Toyota/Save Mart 350 during the test on May 7 can save up to $50 on a special NASCAR ticket package. Tickets for NASCAR’s 25th annual visit to the Sonoma Valley are also available at 800-870-RACE (7223) or racesonoma.com/nascar. Great options are still available, including the all-new NASCAR Express train package, Save Mart 2-Pack and more.(Sonoma Raceway)(5-2-2013)
Testing the new car at Richmond UPDATE dates changed: #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, #1-Jamie McMurray, #43-Aric Almirola and #9-Marcos Ambrose are scheduled to be testing the new Gen-6 car on Tuesday, March 26, 2013 at Richmond International Raceway in advance of the Saturday, April 27, Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Tickets for the Toyota Owners 400 can be purchased online at www.rir.com or by calling 866-455-7223.(RIR), the test is closed and NOT open to the public.(3-22-2013)
UPDATE: the testing has been moved to Monday and Tuesday, April 1-2.(RIR)(3-25-2013)
UPDATE 2: Although the much-anticipated debut of NASCAR's Gen-6 car in a points-paying race at Richmond International Raceway is scheduled for the Saturday, April 27, Toyota Owners 400 Sprint Cup Series race, the first time it hits the pavement will be this Monday. Earnhardt Ganassi drivers Jamie McMurray and Juan Pablo Montoya will be joined by Richard Petty Motorsports drivers Marcos Ambrose and Aric Almirola when they test at RIR, and the grandstands are open for fans to watch, for free. The test is scheduled for Monday, April 1. The Colonial Grandstands in Turn 4 will be open from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., free of charge. With many kids on Spring Break, this is a great opportunity to enjoy a fun-filled afternoon in Richmond. Fans coming out to Richmond International Raceway may enter at the Service Gate, located on Meadowbridge Rd., one gate away from the main entrance at the corner of Laburnum Ave. and Meadowbridge Rd. Attendants will guide fans to a parking area and will be instructed where to go to enter the grandstands.(RIR)(3-28-2013)
UPDATE 3: Four NASCAR drivers turned laps at Richmond International Raceway during a test session Monday, marking the first time NASCAR's Gen-6 car has run at America's Premier Short Track. #42-Juan Montoya, #1-Jamie McMurray, #9-Marcos Ambrose and #43-Aric Almirola will be back Saturday, April 27, for the Toyota Owners 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race. Cool track temperatures this morning made it easy for the drivers to find grip, resulting in blistering speeds that would challenge the official track qualifying record, which Brian Vickers set in 2004 (20.772 seconds, 129.983 mph). "The track is extremely fast," said Almirola. "When we rolled out on the track at 9:00 this morning, it was still kinda cool and the track had a lot of grip. We were running lap times close to the pole speed in race trim. Really surprised at how fast the track was and how fast our cars were." All four drivers will test again tomorrow at RIR, as they search for valuable data to be used at the upcoming April 25, 26 & 27 NASCAR weekend in Richmond.(RIR)(4-2-2013)
Charlotte Motor Speedway testing is over: After getting rained out on Thursday, then an almost four hour delay, due to a wet track/ice melting on Friday, the Sprint Cup Series finally got some testing done at Charlotte Motor Speedway. The test ran from 12:45 - 7:30pm/et. 33 cars ran laps.
#43-Almirola was the fastest at 194.021mph [faster then the track record] then #99-Edwards, #13-Mears, #9-Ambrose, #48-Johnson, #55-Martin, #16-Biffle, #56-Truex Jr., #15-Bowyer & #17-Stenhouse Jr. #11-McDowell (subbing for Hamlin) ran the most laps with 204, followed by #18-Busch (156) and #22-Logano (139). #95-Speed was the slowest of the 33 drivers/cars at 186.968 and ran the least amount of laps at 41.
AND More than 2,000 fans braved the chilly January temperatures to watch more than 30 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series drivers take to the track in the rain-shortened sixth-generation car test at Charlotte Motor Speedway. At the end of the day, Richard Petty Motorsports’ driver Aric Almirola turned the fastest lap of 27.832 seconds at 194.021 mph. Carl Edwards (27.882 seconds at 193.673 mph) and Casey Mears (27.924 seconds at 193.382 mph) clocked the second and third fastest laps respectively, with Marcos Ambrose (27.938 seconds at 193.285 mph) and Jimmie Johnson (28.009 seconds at 192.795 mph) rounding out the top five. During a morning delay, Roush Fenway Racing driver Greg Biffle told media the time on the track was important to provide teams invaluable information about the new cars. “We’ve tested a few times with a composite body and not all of the latest rules, but this is really it for us,” he said. “We needed these two days to really figure out what the car is gonna end up like. Hopefully, we can test into the evening and it won’t get too cold too fast because I’d rather stay as long as we can and get as much information as we can, versus having to pack this whole show up and go somewhere else again, or come back later.”(CMS)
See fastest speeds and laps run on the Charlotte Test Speeds page.(1-18-2013)
Charlotte Motor Speedway cancelled for Thursday: Day 1 of the two-day NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test at Charlotte Motor Speedway was canceled due to rain at the track and an inpending winter storm and more rain in the forecast. Forecast for the Charlotte/Concord, NC area are for 100% rain Thursday, January 17th. Plus there is a winter storm apporaching the Charlotte area which could bring some snow and/or ice. The test on Friday will be extended 90 minutes: 9:00am-12:30pm/et and 1:00-5:00pm/et. Testing will NOT be extended to Saturday.(1-17-2013)
NASCAR tests at Kennedy Space Center: Research and development teams from Richard Childress Racing, Joe Gibbs Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing have discovered the NASA Shuttle Landing Facility just south of Daytona on Merritt Island in Brevard County — part of the Kennedy Space Center. The 15,000-foot concrete runway, built for the Space Shuttle landing in 1984, is ideal for straight-line testing — where teams gather aerodynamic data. It’s also more economically feasible than transporting cars from North Carolina to the proving grounds in Arizona. “We use the landing strip at Kennedy Space Center at Cape Canaveral just because it’s a long, smooth straightaway, and it’s warm, so in the wintertime you can test there with pretty controlled conditions,” Richard Childress Racing director of competition Dr. Eric Warren said. “You work out a relationship with those guys and pay for the use of the facilities — like any other testing facility. They have their own on-site emergency crews, so the safety side of it is really nice. It’s closer (than Arizona). The weather is warmer, and it’s a great wintertime alternative to going to places out West. Most of them are ovals and the straight-line facilities are up north — around Michigan and the OEMs (original equipment manufacturers). We can do two straight-line segments there — as far as coast down. This place has plenty of distance.”(FoxSports)(1-13-2013)
2013 Daytona Preseason Thunder - Day 3, afternoon: Single runs continued in the Day 3 afternoon session of Daytona Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona International Speedway, the final day of testing at DIS. #16-Biffle was the fastest at 194.936mph, the fastest single car run of the three-day test. #20-Kenseth was 2nd fastest followed by #18-Busch, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #42-Montoya, #39-Newman, #99-Edwards, #14-Stewart, #10-Patrick, #48-Johnson; 11th was #21-Bayne, #13-Mears, #17-Stenhouse Jr., #38-Wise and #83-Kvapil/Reutimann. 15 cars made runs in the afternoon session. There were no incidents.
See speeds, number of laps run, best 10 consecutive lap ave and more on the Daytona Testing Speeds - Day 3 afternoon session speeds page pdf.(1-12-2013)
2013 Daytona Preseason Thunder - Day 3, morning: Single runs continued in the Day 3 morning session of Daytona Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona International Speedway, the final day of testing at DIS. #20-Kenseth was the fastest at 194.062mph followed by #21-Bayne, #10-Patrick, #27-Menard, #14-Stewart, #33-Dillon, #31-Burton, #16-Biffle, #18-Busch and #39-Newman. 21 teams/drivers tested in the morning session. Reports have the following teams leaving after the morning session: #78-Busch, #27-Manard, #29-Harvick, #31-Burton, #33-Dillon.
See speeds, number of laps and more on the Daytona Testing Speeds - Day 3 morning session speeds page pdf.(1-12-2013)
2013 Daytona Preseason Thunder - Day 2, afternoon: Drafting runs in packs of as many of 20 cars were done for the first hour of practice with #21-Bayne being the fastest in the pack with a speed of 199.850mph. But about an hour into the drafting test, #9-Ambrose was 2nd in the pack with #88-Earnhardt Jr. behind the #9. The #9 got loose or came down and the #88 tapped the #9, spinning the #9. #1-McMurray hit the #9 and spun, collecting #2-Keselowski, #5-Kahne, #18-Busch, #22=Logano, #43-Almirola, #51-Smith and #99-Edwards; a total of 10 cars. After the wreck, no one else. Testing still has three hours to go, the drivers/cars left, will continue to test, probably single car runs, but there will be 8-10 less cars testing.
SPEEDS fastest in the afternoon session was #21-Bayne at 199.650mph followed by #22-Logano, #56-Truex Jr,, #55-Martin, #99-Edwards, #43-Almirola, #88-Earnhardt Jr., #16-Biffle, #18-Busch and #13-Mears. The first 22 cars drafted. #29-Harvick was the fastest in single car runs at 193.150mph.
See speeds, number of laps and more on the Daytona Testing Speeds - Day 2 afternoon session speeds page pdf.(1-11-2013)
2013 Daytona Preseason Thunder - Day 2, morning: Single runs continued in the Day 2 morning session of Daytona Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona International Speedway. #31-Burton was the fastest at 194.805mph followed by #29-Harvick, #27-Menard, #20-Kenseth, #16-Biffle, #18-Busch, #78-Busch, #9-Ambrose, #10-Patrick and #33-Dillon. 34 teams/drivers tested on Friday. #83-Kvapil joined the test and #11-Hamlin is not testing Friday/Saturday. Darafting testing is expected in the Day 2 afternoon session for some drivers/team. #36-Blaney wrecked midway thru the AM practice, doing damage to the right front of the car. Tommy Baldwin Racing didn't have a backup and will not test anymore on Friday/Saturday.
See speeds, number of laps and more on the Daytona Testing Speeds - Day 2 morning session speeds page pdf.(1-11-2013)
2013 Daytona Preseason Thunder - Day 1, afternoon: Speeds picked up a bit as four drivers ran in a draft late in the afternoon session in the day 1 of Daytona Preseason Thunder testing at Daytona International Speedway. #11-Hamlin was the fastest in the 4-car pack at 195.712mph, followed by #20-Kenseth, #18-Gibbs and #55-Martin. The rest of the cars were single car runs with #31-Burton fastest (5th overall) at 194.620 then #27-Menard, #10-Patrick, #9-Ambrose, #15-Bowyer and #43-Almarola. 34 teams/drivers tested on Thursday. See speeds, nymber of laps and more on the Daytona Testing Speeds - Day 1 afternoon session speeds page pdf.(1-10-2013)
2013 Daytona Preseason Thunder - Day 1, morning speeds: #20-Matt Kenseth was the fastest in the day 1 morning session of Daytona Preseason Thunder. Kenseth ran a fast lap of 192.757mph in his Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. 34 cars made single lap runs at Daytona International Speedway. Team did not run in packs or do any drafting. #9-Ambrose was 2nd fastest, followed by #10-Patrick, #31-Burton, #27-Menard, #15-Bowyer, #18-Busch, #24-Gordon, #42-Montoya and #33-Dillon. See speeds, nymber of laps and more on the Daytona Testing Speeds - Day 1 morning session speeds page pdf, see images of some cars testing on my 2013 Manufacturer News and Images page.(1-10-2013)
35 teams testing at Daytona: NASCAR fans will get their first glimpse of the new sixth-generation NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars on the storied Daytona International Speedway for three days this week at Preseason Thunder, the unofficial on-track start of the 2013 NASCAR season. This week's sessions will be the only test for the new car at Daytona prior to Speedweeks, which begins with The Sprint Unlimited on Feb. 16 and culminates with the 55th running of the Daytona 500 on Feb. 24.
"This test is an opportunity for the teams to prepare their cars for Speedweeks and the 55th running of the Daytona 500," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "This is the teams' test and provides an excellent lead in to the upcoming 2013 season. There has been a lot of work put into the development of the Gen-6 car by the manufacturers, teams and NASCAR. It will be exciting to see the new cars on the track for Daytona Preseason Thunder."
After several tests for the new car, including one restrictor plate test at Talladega Superspeedway, the rules package has been set heading into Preseason Thunder.
The rules package for Daytona includes:
• Plate size - 29/32" (same plate size as 2012)
• Spoiler size - 4" high x 53" wide
• Spoiler angle - 70 degrees
• Front Grille size - 1-3/4" high x 23" wide
• Radiator Relief valve - 32 psi
Teams participating in the test are:
|Car #||Team Name||Driver|
|1||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Jamie McMurray|
|2||Penske Racing||Brad Keselowski|
|5||Hendrick Motorsports||Kasey Kahne|
|9||Richard Petty Motorsports||Marcos Ambrose|
|10||Stewart Haas Racing||Danica Patrick|
|11||Joe Gibbs Racing||Denny Hamlin|
|13||Germain Racing||Casey Mears|
|14||Stewart Haas Racing||Tony Stewart|
|15||Michael Waltrip Racing||Clint Bowyer|
|16||Roush Fenway Racing||Greg Biffle|
|17||Roush Fenway Racing||Ricky Stenhouse Jr.|
|18||Joe Gibbs Racing||Kyle Busch|
|20||Joe Gibbs Racing||Matt Kenseth|
|21||Wood Bros Racing||Trevor Bayne|
|22||Penske Racing||Joey Logano|
|24||Hendrick Motorsports||Jeff Gordon|
|27||Richard Childress Racing||Paul Menard|
|29||Richard Childress Racing||Kevin Harvick|
|31||Richard Childress Racing||Jeff Burton|
|33||Circle Sport / Joe Falk||Austin Dillon|
|36||Tommy Baldwin Racing||Dave Blaney|
|38||Front Row Motorsports||Josh Wise|
|39||Stewart Haas Racing||Ryan Newman|
|42||Earnhardt Ganassi Racing||Juan Pablo Montoya|
|43||Richard Petty Motorsports||Aric Almirola|
|47||JTG-Daugherty Racing||Bobby Labonte|
|48||Hendrick Motorsports||Jimmie Johnson|
|51||Phoenix Racing||Regan Smith|
|55||Michael Waltrip Racing||Mark Martin|
|56||Michael Waltrip Racing||Martin Truex|
|78||Furniture Row Racing||Kurt Busch|
|83||BK Racing||Travis Kvapil/David Reutimann|
|88||Hendrick Motorsports||Dale Earnhardt Jr.|
|95||Leavine Family Racing||Scott Speed|
|99||Roush Fenway Racing||Carl Edwards|
2013 Daytona Preseason Thunder Dates: Daytona Preseason Thunder, the annual three-day NASCAR Sprint Cup Series test session at Daytona International Speedway in advance of the prestigious season-opening 55th annual Daytona 500, will be held on Jan. 10-12. The test sessions mark the first time the new 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series cars, which highlight greater brand identity for the manufacturers, will turn laps on Daytona International Speedway's 2.5-mile tri-oval.
The new-look cars will conduct test sessions between 9am and 5pm each day, weather permitting. Each session includes a lunch break from 12noon until 1pm.
Race fans can also rev up their new year at the Daytona Preseason Thunder Fan Fest – the companion event to the January test sessions. Along with watching Daytona Preseason Thunder track activity from the Sprint FANZONE, fans can enjoy Fan Fest on Thursday, Jan. 10 from 5:30 pm – 9:30 pm.
The schedule of driver question-and-answer and autograph sessions will be finalized closer to the event. Tickets for the Daytona Preseason Thunder Fan Fest, which include autograph session wristbands, will be available for purchase at a later date. For fans who would like to be contacted regarding Daytona Preseason Thunder Fan Fest ticket information can sign up online at daytonainternationalspeedway.com/thunder. Fans can also watch each day's testing at no cost from a section of the Oldfield Grandstands. Information on tickets for both the Daytona Preseason Thunder and the Roar Before The Rolex 24 will be available online at daytonainternationalspeedway.com or by calling 1-800-PITSHOP.(DIS)(11-7-2012)
Two test dates added at Charlotte: Preparations for the rollout of the new NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race car continue with a great deal of excitement and NASCAR has secured two additional dates at Charlotte Motor Speedway – Dec. 11-12 and Jan. 17-18 – as an option for those teams that want to supplement their new car testing schedule. These tests do not count against a team's 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series testing allotment. NASCAR announced last month that beginning in 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams will be permitted to conduct up to four tests per organization at tracks that host series events. "We've put together an aggressive and extensive testing schedule for the new car and we are pleased with how things are progressing," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR Vice President of Competition. "We have the opportunity to provide teams with a couple more optional test dates at a mile and half race track as we look to provide the most exciting and competitive racing that we possibly can. The Daytona Preseason Thunder testing will give teams the chance to prepare their cars for Speedweeks and the running of the Daytona 500. The new car has generated a lot of excitement and anticipation and we're looking forward to seeing it in competition next year."(NASCAR)(11-7-2012)
Teams complete 2013 car test at Talladega: Redesigned race cars that will debut next season in the 55th running of the Daytona 500 got its first taste of restrictor plate racing today as seven teams put the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car through its paces at Talladega Superspeedway. Teams tested the 2013 model, which will highlight greater brand identity for the series' manufacturers, searching for data on aerodynamics, cooling and drivability. The new-look cars turned competitive laps while drafting and in single-car runs. NASCAR officials, who also analyzed engine restrictor plates and drafting performance, were pleased with the early results. "With a different car, we'll look at what it's going to take for [restrictor] plate size and some other things, but the main concern is how the cars draft, how they react in the draft, and obviously to get more one-on-one racing," said Robin Pemberton, NASCAR vice president of competition. "All of the input that we have from the drivers and the teams so far has been pretty good." Today's six-hour test was extended by 30 minutes after morning fog delayed some teams' arrival.(NASCAR)(10-3-2012)
2013 car test at Talladega: #31-Jeff Burton will be one of the drivers taking part in Wednesday's test of the 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car at Talladega Superspeedway. Seven teams will be at the test, with Burton representing Richard Childress Racing. With this being the first test of the new car on a restrictor-plate track, Burton believes one of the keys will be to see if drivers can avoid the nose-to-tail tandem style of drafting. With the new body styles for Chevy, Ford and Toyota, the test is an opportunity to see if the cars even have the ability to draft in tandem. Along with Hendrick Motorsports' #5-Kasey Kahne and Earnhardt-Ganassi Racing's #42-Juan Pablo Montoya, Burton will be driving Chev's new SS entry around the high banks of Talladega. #22-Sam Hornish Jr. will help in Penske Racing's off-season transition to Ford by driving one of the new Fusions in the test. Ricky Stenhouse Jr., who will drive the # 17 Ford for Roush Fenway Racing next year, also will be at Wednesday's session. Toyota will be represented by Joe Gibbs Racing and Michael Waltrip Racing with drivers #20-Joey Logano and #55-Brian Vickers scheduled to be behind the wheel, respectively. Wednesday's session will be open to the public and will run from 11 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (CT). Seating will be located on the backstretch in Section Y of the Allison Grandstands. Fans can park in Lot 6E and enter the grandstands through gate P-22.(Motor Racing Network)(10-3-2012)
NASCAR relaxes testing policy for next year: For the first time since 2008, NASCAR will allow Sprint Cup organizations to test independently at tracks that host events in NASCAR's top three touring series. Robin Pemberton, NASCAR's vice president of competition said Saturday at Dover International Speedway that each Cup organization -- regardless of how many cars it fields -- will be allowed four tests of its choosing at NASCAR tracks. "It's up to them to pick where they want to go," Pemberton said. "We feel like it's time to open that up and allow the teams to manage their testing and get back on facilities that host our events. You'll see that as the year unfolds, that teams will be moving around the countryside." The four tests allocated to each organization next year are in addition to the Preseason Thunder test to be conducted by NASCAR during the second week of January.(NASCAR Wire Service)(9-29-2012)
Dodge will skip first test for 2013 cars: While Dodge has a car approved for 2013, it will skip the first tire test for the 2013 car next week at Martinsville Speedway. Dodge is still looking for teams to campaign its 2013 Dodge Charger in Sprint Cup. Its only manufacturer-backed team, Penske Racing, announced in March that it would switch to Ford. Since that announcement, Dodge has continued to meet all the deadlines and work on its 2013 body despite not having a team signed for 2013. "Earlier this week, NASCAR announced that all four manufacturers have met the necessary targets for their 2013 Sprint Cup Series race cars," said Beth Paretta, director of marketing and operations for the SRT Brand and Motorsports. Due to the lack of time to prepare for the on-track test for the 2013 cars scheduled next week at Martinsville, we have elected to forgo that test opportunity." Scheduled to test the cars next week are #29-Kevin Harvick and #48-Jimmie Johnson in Chevrolets, #99-Carl Edwards in a Ford and #56-Martin Truex Jr. in a Toyota. Even though it will miss this test, there will be plenty of tests for Dodge to participate in and get ready for 2013 if it signs teams to run its cars.(Sporting News)(8-2-2012)
NASCAR schedules tests for 2013 cars: Fans can watch: Cup teams will have the 2013 model for an Aug. 7-8 test at Martinsville Speedway that is aimed at rules tweaks to make the cars lighter and help Goodyear develop tires with more grip to improve racing. The 2013 car also will be tested Oct. 4 at Talladega Superspeedway, Oct. 9-10 at Texas Motor Speedway and Oct. 18 at Kansas Speedway. Dodge is taking part in the tests. The manufacturer hasn't announced any replacements for Penske Racing, which will join Ford next year.(USA Today)(8-1-2012)
UPDATE: Martinsville Speedway's grandstands will be open to fans free-of-charge for an August 7 and 8 NASCAR Sprint Cup Goodyear tire test at the historic half-mile oval. The test will feature the new 2013 Sprint Cup cars. The test session will run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with an hour break at noon. Gates will open at 8 a.m. each of the two days and will remain open until 5 p.m. Restrooms will be open both days, but concession stands will not be operating. Fans may bring refreshments into the grandstands.(Martinsville Speedway)(8-4-2012)
Some testing could return in 2013: Vice president of competition Robin Pemberton said NASCAR also is talking to teams about adding testing [not just tire testing] in 2013. The governing body eliminated open testing a few years ago to keep the playing field level at a time when smaller teams couldn't afford to test as often as the big teams. But with the economy turning around and teams testing at non-sanctioned tracks anyway, Pemberton said there's a good chance NASCAR will schedule tests at a few sanctioned tracks.(ESPN)(7-27-2012)
NASCAR considers loosening testing ban: With a new Sprint Cup car coming in 2013 and an effort afoot to improve the product on the track, NASCAR is looking to add additional tests to next year's schedule. The current testing ban was announced at Homestead-Miami Speedway in November 2008 for the following season as part of the sanctioning body's effort at cost containment. Since then, testing has picked up as Goodyear rolls out new tire combinations for existing tracks or after tracks were repaved. However, NASCAR is now considering lightening the ban - if it's amenable to teams. Adding five to seven test dates was one of several topics that have been broached with team "business types," according to vice president of competition Robin Pemberton. "We told them there's a bunch of things we're looking at for next year exactly the way we look at everything at this time of the year, whether it's the testing policies and things like that," Pemberton said. "If they felt like they could talk to their principal parties — if it came up or any ideas that they would be open to or not open to — so we can prepare for 2013." Pemberton says the testing policy is one of the "most reviewed" programs in NASCAR. It's of concern because of a desire to "help maintain a competitive balance in the garage area" without watching the teams go broke in the process.(Fox Sports)(6-2-2012)
2013 cars to be tested at Homestead: All four 2013 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series car models are scheduled to be tested at Homestead-Miami Speedway February 1st…in a test that will apparently be closed. That may be the first time crewmen get to see all four models. Why is NASCAR, and its big marketing operation, taking such seemingly a low-keyed approach? Apparently because the sanctioning body has not yet 'aero-matched' the four models in the wind tunnel. Ford is billing its new model as a Fusion (not Mustang, as once planned), and when the car maker officially unveiled its 2013 street version, it was then free to take the wraps off the NASCAR version – which is decidedly different from the current Sprint Cup model, the still controversial and not greatly liked by many car-of-tomorrow. Chevrolet, for example, still hasn't officially named its model for its 2013 NASCAR Cup racer.(MikeMulhern.net)(1-25-2012)